I'm expecting 6 chicks from MPC next week and I want to make sure my plans are going to work. Along the side of my house is a side yard that was previously used a dog run. So one side is the house, the front is a wood fence, the side is a wood fence that seperates us from our neighbor, and the back is a chainlink fence/gate that leads into the back yard. All fencing is secure and 8 feet tall. The entire run is about 8 feet wide by 40 feet deep. In the dog run is a large dog house that I'd like to make into a coop. To do this I'll make the roof on hinges so that it can be opened easily and latched to the side of our house. The dog house is about 4 feet wide and 3 feet deep. It's up off the gound by about 9 inches. In the run is grass and weeds and a large plum tree that makes a lot of shade. Because the run is between two homes it's not really able to be seen from the sky so I dont think hawks are going to easily see the chickens. I'd like to open the chainlink fence and let the chickens have the run of the backyard during the day. The entire yard is surrounded by a secure 8 foot tall fence. So, I'd like to know if you think this is a good home for the chickens or if there's anything I need to change to make it better suited for them. Do I need to lock them inside the doghouse at night or will it suffice to just lock them in the dogrun? Do I need to cut out sides from the dog house to allow more airflow? Do I need to cover the dogrun with anything? I'm in Sounthern Ca. The predators I can think of would be redtail hawks, coyotes, racoons, and possums. I've never seen any of them around the yard though.